All library presentations are free and begin at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Short films and/or documentaries will be screened before 7 PM on most nights.
March 3: Sons of the Desert (1933) Dir. William A. Seiter 64min.
Stan & Ollie, members of a fraternal lodge, take a sacred oath to attend the “Sons of the Desert” convention in Chicago, but can they sneak away without their wives finding out? One of L&H’s best-loved features. With Charley Chase.
NOTE: We will be screening The Music Box (1931) at 6:30PM.
*March 10: A Night at the Opera (1935) Dir. Sam Wood 92min.
One of the brothers’ most memorable romps involving hijinks at the New York Opera. The film features some of their best material, including the famous stateroom scene. This was their first (and best) film for MGM. Starring Groucho, Harpo, and Chico. With Margaret Dumont, Kitty Carlisle, and Allan Jones.
Also: Thicker Than Water (1935), Laurel & Hardy’s final two-reeler short.
*A Night at the Opera will be screened at the Pickwick Theatre at 7:30 PM as part of the Pickwick Theatre Classic Film Series.
March 17: Who Done It? (1942) Dir. Erle C. Kenton 75min.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star as a couple soda jerks who get mixed up in a murder mystery at a radio station. This is a wonderful, prop-driven comedy about old-time radio featuring some funny gags involving a drinking fountain, transcription records, and an elevator! With Patric Knowles, Louise Allbritton, Mary Wickes, and William Bendix.
March 24: Diplomaniacs (1933) Dir. William A. Seiter 63min.
Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey play two nitwit barbers on an Indian reservation who are sent to represent the tribe at the Geneva peace conference– “Where the nations of the world fight over peace.” Plenty of Pre-Code nonsense, in-jokes– and girls– in this anarchistic comedy written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
NOTE: We will also be showcasing The Three Stooges before the feature presentation with two of their shorts at 6:30 and after 7 PM: Punch Drunks (1934) & Three Little Beers (1935)
March 31: The Devil’s Brother/Fra Diavolo (1933) Dir. Hal Roach & Charles R. Rogers 88min.
This Laurel & Hardy comic opera is an adaptation of the Daniel Auber operetta Fra Diavolo with “Stanlio” and “Ollio” as a couple innocents in 18th century Italy. They cross paths with the notorious singing bandit Fra Diavolo. He, in turn, makes them his manservants and attempts to rob Lord Rocburg of a fortune in francs. With Dennis King and Thelma Todd.
April 7: Duck Soup (1933) Dir. Leo McCarey 70min.
The Marx Brothers’ most famous film is an uncompromising political satire with Groucho as Rufus T. Firefly, the newly appointed dictator of Freedonia. The ambassador of rival country Sylvania (Louis Calhern) tries to undermine Rufus with the aid of two spies, Chico and Harpo! This would be Zeppo’s last outing and the brothers’ final film for Paramount. With Margaret Dumont, Racquel Torres, and Edgar Kennedy.
April 14: Buck Privates Come Home (1947) Dir. Charles Barton 77min.
A sequel to the 1941 hit Buck Privates with Bud and Lou returning to civilian life with a six-year-old French girl on their hands. Once in New York, they dodge a familiar cop while trying to find a home for their orphan. The climactic chase involving a midget racecar is one of many highlights. With Nat Pendleton, Beverly Simmons, and Tom Brown.
April 21: NO SHOW AT THE LIBRARY
April 28: Hellzapoppin’ (1941) Dir. H.C. Potter 84min.
Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson star in the film version of their hit Broadway show of the same name. The non-linear plot involves Ole and Chic trying to translate their madcap, stage antics onto the screen with the help of a scriptwriter. The film continually shatters the “fourth wall” between characters depicted in the movie and us, the audience watching it. Filled with great sight gags and movie references, Hellzapoppin’ is one of the most inventive comedies of the 1940s. With Martha Raye, Hugh Herbert, and Robert Paige.
May 5: NO SHOW (Book Sale Set-up)
May 12: Way Out West (1937) Dir. James W. Horne 65min.
Laurel and Hardy travel to Brushwood Gulch in order to deliver a deed for a gold mine to the daughter of a prospector. When it falls into the hands of an unscrupulous saloon keeper, the boys try to get it back. L&H perform one of their most memorable songs with “Trail of the Lonesome Pine.” With James Finlayson.
May 19: Artists and Models (1955) Dir. Frank Tashlin 109min.
Dean Martin is again the ladies’ man and Jerry Lewis his roommate with a passion for comic books. The plot has something to do with a secret rocket formula, but the visual gags are the real blast. This colorful satire, poking fun at 1950s pop culture, is one of Martin and Lewis’s best films thanks to the direction of Frank Tashlin, a former cartoonist at Warner Brothers. With Shirley MacLaine and Dorothy Malone.
May 26: Road to Morocco (1942) Dir. David Butler 83min.
A “Road” classic with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby playing a couple stowaways on a freighter off the African coast. When their ship is wrecked, they make it ashore and travel into the desert. Eventually, Bing sells Bob into slavery to a princess! Filled with self-reflexive jokes and references to other Hope/Crosby road movies, the film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay as well as Best Sound Recording. Songs include “(We’re Off on the) Road to Morocco” and “Moonlight Becomes You.” With Dorothy Lamour, Dona Drake, and Anthony Quinn.